- Develop a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation with health professionals.
- Write out all the details of your medical history, including dates. This will make it easier for you each time you come in contact with a new doctor.
- Try to be with your child as much as possible during treatments and any hospitalization that might be necessary. If you cannot be there, arrange for someone else to be present, such as a grandparent, other relative or close family friend. And make sure a favorite book, stuffed animal or special blanket is taken along.
- If your child is not talking yet, it's a good idea to tape a note to his or her hospital bed or crib with helpful information for the staff, such as your child's favorite foods, special toys or blankets, and the preferred time and method of taking medicines.
Russell McKenna, MD
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How can I participate in my child's care if he has a chronic disease?
National Kidney Foundation answeredThere are a number of things you can do to actively participate in your child's care if he has a chronic disease:
Why should children receive the required school-age vaccines?
UCLA Health answered
All of the required school-age vaccines are highly safe and have minimal to no side effects, Eric Curcio, M.D., a general internist and pediatrician at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, says, while the diseases they protect against are extremely serious and can be fatal. “Many of these diseases drop off our radar when we stop seeing them,” Dr. Curcio says, “but as soon as the immunization rates start to fall, we are reminded that they are still out there and that if we let our guard down, we will see new outbreaks.”
How can video games affect my child?
Michele Borba, Psychology, answeredA study led by Dr. Vincent Matthews and his colleagues at Indiana University found that those students who played violent video games showed less brain activity in areas that involved emotions, attention, and inhibition of impulses. Researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan brain activity in participants. What's more, researchers are unclear as to how long-lasting the changes may be.
"Individuals and parents of children who choose to play games need to be aware that there are changes in brain function and they need to consider that when they decide whether or not to play this games," cautions Matthews in an interview with TIME.
Many child experts (myself included) are also concerned that violent video game playing may desensitize your child to empathy -- or that glorious capacity to feel for another.
A University of Toronto study of fourth and fifth graders found that those spending the most time playing violent video games are also most likely to agree with statements such as: "People with guns or knives are cool," and "Parents should tell their kids to fight if they have to." Those same kids are also more likely to disagree with statements such as, "When I'm mean to someone I generally feel bad about it later."
Yes, the research is still out on the long-lasting impact of violent video games, but they do teach kids how to kill.
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